Joseph Mallord William Turner

Southampton at Sunset

1827

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 74 × 100 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18117
Turner Bequest CCVII 66

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the two spires of Southampton are seen to the north-west towards sunset, with the sun low over Southampton Water, where it is reflected. The viewpoint, seen in the other half of this view on folio 65 verso opposite (D18116), is on the eastern shore, in the vicinity of where Weston Parade now runs. Adjacent views show the sun low and its rays just after setting (see the verso and folio 64 recto respectively; D18118, D18113). This is one of a sequence of views in the Southampton area; see under folio 58 verso (D18102).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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